The nights are starting earlier, the leaves are all gathered, and Canadian Thanksgiving is a distant memory. All that means it’s time to start planning your holiday shopping. Need some good ideas? London Drugs is here to help.
Each week until mid-December we’ll post shopping guides for different people on your list, including a wide range of options on each – from stocking stuffers to the real show stoppers.
We begin with a list for the busy woman in your life. Of course, these days that group includes most women. Whether it’s commitments to school, business, family, or their community, it seems Canada’s women are always on the go, even in the snow.
With summer ending, it’s now time to get your home ready for the autumn’s great return exodus. As days shorten, people move back indoors – and, pssst, it’s been been six months since spring cleaning. Ease the stress of back to school and work by keeping in mind four simple tricks to beautifully prepare your abode for fall. Remember: back to busy doesn’t need to mean back to messy.
It’s always hard to accept the end of patio season, but there comes a time to embrace the chilly evenings. Wash and dry cushions or fabrics before you store them and put covers over furniture you can’t bring indoors. Drain kiddie pools and clean them thoroughly before storing them for the winter. Properly cleaning and storing your summer essentials will make room for raking the leaves when they inevitably arrive.
Cleaning out closets and drawers to make room for the heavier togs of autumn. Clearly labeled boxes are a boon: Help the kids decide what to store for winter, what to keep in the closet year-round, and what to donate to charity. Give the summer clothes one last wash before packing it away! Need even more space? Shallow Rubbermaid boxes stay out of out of the way keep cargo protected from dust and sunlight.
If you’ve got teenagers, then there’s no greater struggle than accurately judging primping time. A well-organized bathroom can keep the lineup running smoothly by making everything from eyelash curlers to pimple cream easy to find. Purge seasonal makeup and toss cosmetics that have passed their expiration date. Most makeup is only good for three months to a year, and eye makeup in particular should be replaced regularly to avoid infection.
The end of popsicle season is a great time to de-gunk your refrigerator. Remove all food and turf anything past its expiry date. Then, remove the shelves, soak, scrub, and air dry. Wiping them down with baking soda and water will eliminate any remnant odours. Put everything back in a logical, organized way and assess what’s needed for on-the-go breakfasts, brown-bag lunches, and quick weeknight dinners.
Canadian summers are short, causing our great annual migration outdoors. Whether camping, canoeing, or chilling on patios and in parks, Canadians are incredibly active during summer. But there are many hazards to avoid. Luckily, LD takes care of that with solutions to carry you comfortably into September.
When exposing long-covered skin, most Canadians remember sunscreen. But are you wearing it right? The experts insist on broad-spectrum, SPF30 if spending all day in the sun. But also be sure to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before leaving shelter—allowing it time to take effect. And don’t forget to reapply periodically, especially after swimming. READ MORE
We’ve all been there. It’s the day before a big potluck and you’re stuck coming up with a fresh idea to blow everyone away.
If it happens to you this Canada Day, never fear. The good folks at CanadianLiving.com have you covered like icing on a cake with this delicious recipe.
It’s red, white, and amazing with a summery taste that will be a hit in the great outdoors, in your own backyard, or anywhere else in the true north strong and free.
Let’s begin with some basic information, as well as and everything you’ll need to create this festive classic:
Prep time: 45 minute
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Portion size: 16
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-2/3 cups milk
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
6 oz raspberries
Cream Cheese Icing:
1-1/3 pkg (250 g each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cups icing sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla